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Web snags 100 fugitives in Rocky Mount

Posted October 17, 2013
Updated October 18, 2013

— "Operation Spider Web," a collaboration area law enforcement agencies, snagged 100 fugitives from the Rocky Mount area this week.

"Yesterday morning, when most people were home sleeping, the men and women of the Rocky Mount Police Department, U.S. Marshal Service and other state and local law enforcement prepared to go out. They left their family at home and they went out and did their job to arrest these violent, dangerous individuals," U.S. Marshall Scott Parker said Thursday.

The two-week operation culminated in 100 arrests, and police served 232 search warrants. Authorities seized five firearms and 63 grams of narcotics.

Among the arrests was Keeandus Rashad Barnes, 23, whose record includes a charge of attempted first-degree murder, possession of firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Participating agencies included the sheriff’s offices in Pitt, Edgecombe and Nash counties, the Raleigh, Kinston and Greenville police departments, the State Bureau of Investigation, state Division of Adult Correction and the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement.

Officers targeted abandoned houses where criminals were known to hide. 

“It has been said that spiders use their webs to get rid of flies, and without them, the Earth would be covered in flies. Well, the 'spidermen' of law enforcement utilize their powers of arrest to get rid of drug dealers and violent offenders within our communities, and without them, the world will be inundated with criminals,” Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore said in a statement. Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore 100 arrested in Rocky Mount sweep

Also arrested in the sweep were:

Anivel Puddy, 21, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of larceny of motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, resist/delay/obstruct officer, maintain dwelling/vehicle for sale/distribution of narcotics and interfere with electronic monitoring device.

Elliott Pittman, 31, possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintain dwelling/vehicle for sale/distribution of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Devonte Jamal Johnson, 20, six counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, six counts of possession of cocaine and maintain dwelling/vehicle for sale/distribution of narcotics.

Moore said his department would be relentless in tracking violent criminals.

"We're not going to sleep until that person is arrested and in jail because these individuals have proven how violent they are and that they need to be in jail," he said.

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  • halfpint1552 Oct 21, 9:56 a.m.

    But they do nothing to track down the non-violent criminals that are breaking into the houses in Rocky Mount every day.

  • Justic4All Oct 18, 6:11 p.m.

    The article doesn't even mention how many of those abandoned homes they targeted were brought in. They were going for the high rollers in this operation. I like the comment about it's amazing how none of the criminals with guns were shot during the arrest. It is amazing but then these were criminals and not just neighborhood drunks. Did you see the NC craze of shooting incoherent or mentally ill has caught on in other places in the US? Someone had a camera running. http://www.wral.com/dallas-police-probe-shooting-of-mentally-ill-man/13010935/

  • Singlemalt Oct 18, 3:58 p.m.

    "..........it is amazing with all those arrests none of the trigger happy cops shot anyone in the typical judge, jury, executioner north carolina police style...mojaintsmall......."

    Even more amazing is those that assume a large majority behave in the fashion an utter small % do. Sample size learn I,

  • doinbizzness Oct 18, 2:13 p.m.

    It really isn't about the 2.2 ounces it is ALL about the punks that they have taken off of the street. These people weren't targeted for POT they were tageted as fugitives. I think that they should legalize POT but I think that this raid made NC safer and I applaud the effort of the LEO that took part in it. Don't discourage them from doing what we pay them to do

  • beachboater Oct 18, 2:11 p.m.

    "Among the arrests was Keeandus Rashad Barnes, 23, whose record includes a charge of attempted first-degree murder, possession of firearm by a felon and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling."

    It's guys like this that cause a lot citizens like me to go and take the concealed carry test and begin legally carrying a gun. Just to protect our families from bad guys such as this guy.

  • mojaintsmall Oct 18, 2:07 p.m.

    it is amazing with all those arrests none of the trigger happy cops shot anyone in the typical judge, jury, executioner north carolina police style...mojaintsmall

  • ssi Oct 18, 1:49 p.m.

    Folks, again, this was not an operation targeting drug offenders. It was a roundup of fugitives who were wanted for any number of offenses, some of which I'm sure did include drug and weapons violations. Therefore the seizures of drugs and guns. The Marshals Service doesn't work drug cases, per se. One of its main duties, however, is to locate and arrest fugitives from justice, regardless of what their violations are (to include drug violations). So this event involved both search and UFAP (Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution) warrants. Fugitive warrants, not drug warrants.

  • Genie v2.0 Oct 18, 1:07 p.m.

    Dwntwnboy - 63 grams of "narcotics"? Thats a laughable amount for an operation of this size. Sounds like "something" til you convert it - its just over 2.2 ounces!! I know people who have misplaced more than that! LOL"

    My thoughts exactly!! I work in Law enforcement and FIVE guns and 63 grams??? Most of which was probably week, wow, I would have been embarrassed to publish the results because those operations are EXPENSIVE and as the article said, pulls in resources from many local LEA's and state agencies.

  • ssi Oct 18, 11:42 a.m.

    "63 grams of "narcotics"? Thats a laughable amount for an operation of this size. Sounds like "something" til you convert it - its just over 2.2 ounces!! I know people who have misplaced more than that! LOL" - dwntwnboy2

    This was not a drug investigation/roundup. It was an operation to locate and arrest wanted fugitives. The controlled substances and weapons seized were just added benefits.

  • davido Oct 18, 11:22 a.m.

    "wait? Rocky Mount has a population of more than a 100 people ?!"

    Well, before this morning they did. Not so much now.

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